His cooperative tone helped some leaders begin to move beyond historical grudges against the US.
While French and British leaders have been high profile, the low-key German chancellor is getting credit for the summit's regulatory focus.
President Luiz Ignácio Lula da Silva met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris Wednesday before heading to the G-20 summit in Britain.
The new mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has begun a zero-tolerance policy aimed at resuscitating one of the world's most crime-ridden cities.
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